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The Cost of Antibiotic Resistance

December 23, 2014

Alexander Fleming (1881-1955) discovered Penicillin. Overuse of antibiotics is making treatment more expensive (Photo: Bettman/CORBIS)

Antibiotics have transformed modern medicine, but their overuse has resulted in more drug–resistant strains of bacteria. As resistance increases, people in poorer countries often can’t afford expensive second-line drugs.

Ramanan Laxminarayan, Princeton University and director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy